Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This collection contains photographs, news clippings and correspondence describing Beatty's aviation career; the bulk of the material dates from 1910 to 1912 and includes an Early Birds plaque, several small banners from flying meets, and a 1928 letter from Orville Wright.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Aeronautics--Exhibitions
  • Aeronautics
  • Flight training
  • Aeronautics, Commercial

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


Beatty, George W. -1955


  • Beatty, George W. -1955
  • Page, Handley
  • Wright, Orville 1871-1948
  • Early Birds of Aviation (Organization)
  • Wright Flying School

Physical description

  • 0.68 cubic feet (1 legal document box) (1 20x24x3 flatbox) (1 slim legal document box)
  • 0.63 linear feet


  • 1910
  • 1910-1940
  • bulk 1910-1912
  • 1903-1916


United States


  • Other materials: Artifacts from this collection were transferred to the NASM Aeronautics Division, books were transferred to the NASM branch Library.
  • George W. Beatty (-1955) was an Early Bird, aviator and instructor. After finishing school, Beatty became a mechanic and linotype operator. In 1909 he became interested in a New York gliding club and assisted in the construction of an unsuccessful home-built Santos-Dumont Demoiselle. In 1911 he entered the Wright Flying School and received his license in July of that year. He spent much of the remaining years before World War I carrying passengers, flying exhibitions, and instructing, both in England and the United States. In February 1914 he established a flying school at Hendon, near London, in cooperation with Handley Page and instructed military pilots during the war. Following the war he returned to the US and became superintendent of the Hughes Printing Company, where he remained until his death.


Container List Series I: Documentary Material Series II: Photographic Material Series III: Oversized Materials

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Correspondence
  • Collection descriptions
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Drawings

Local number

  • 1989-0013
  • 1991-0069

Finding Aids

Online Finding Aid